Joe Gentz to stand trial in January for murder of Grosse Pointe Park mother

Published On: Oct 16 2012 07:36:56 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 16 2012 04:28:52 PM EDT

The man accused of killing Jane Bashara says he was living in fear of Bob Bashara.

DETROIT -

The handyman accused of murdering Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara will stand trial in January.

The date of Jan. 7 was set Tuesday when Joe Gentz was arraigned in Wayne County Circuit Court.

He had waived his preliminary hearing earlier this month and pleaded not-guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.

Watch: Uncut: Joe Gentz to stand trial for Jane Bashara's murder

Grosse Pointe Park mother found dead in January

Jane Bashara chain link fence

Jane Bashara was found dead in the back of her SUV in a Detroit alley on Jan. 25. She had been reported missing the night before.

Sources say Gentz told investigators he was forced to kill the Grosse Pointe Park mother under the order of her husband. Bob Bashara is not charged in connection with his wife's death.

Bob Bashara pleads guilty to trying to have Gentz killed

Bob Bashara has pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit murder.

In court last week, the 54-year-old said he "foolishly and regrettably" had offered to pay a man to find someone to kill Joe Gentz.

Bob Bashara was slated to go to trial on the charge in November. He will now be sentenced on Nov. 20. He is facing up to life in prison.

Bob Bashara pleads guilty to solicitation of murder charge

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